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How to Boost Your Body’s Immune System

May 17, 2019

Women do a pretty good job of passing along advice they heard as children for fending off germs. Doctors now tell us that damp hair, wet feet, and cool drafts do not actually make us sick - germs do.

 

We become aware when the symptoms of a sickness comes about: that soreness in your throat and that feeling of being under the weather. And you start to curse yourself for not scrubbing your hands after that handshake from your sneezing coworker.

 

The secret to keeping your immune system in check can be quite simple. Here are a few lifestyle practices you can implement in your day-to-day routine that will help to cut down on those sick days.          

Eating a well-rounded, nutrient-packed diet                     

 

Consuming more vegetables and fruits is a start for boosting immunity. What’s more? This suggestion is what we should do more of, even though we don’t always follow through with it.

 

One study showed that increasing the intake of vegetables and fruits improved antibody responses to the Pneumovax vaccine. The antioxidants and phytonutrients present in them are responsible for their various colors and flavors. They also offer immune and healing properties. These compounds are used within the body to combat infections and inflammation, supporting immune cell function and detoxification.

 

Exercising on a regular basis                   

 

Exercise does more than keeping the waist trim. As monotonous as it may sound, working out on a regular basis along with eating nutritious meals is considered to be a potentially important avenue for boosting the immune system along with the rest of your body.

 

It is a proven fact that people who live sedentary lifestyles are more likely to contract infectious diseases and colds. Try out a new fitness group or exercise with a workout buddy if you are someone who is hypersensitive about potentially catching the bug.

Catching up on your ZZZ's

 

It can be tempting to skip on rest and sleep when you are feeling overwhelmed. However, it can have serious ramifications if you are skimping on sleep. There is a link with sleep deprivation, stress, and getting sick. This overload increases cortisol. Prolonged elevation of this hormone suppresses immune function.

 

 

Hygiene and using sanitizer

 

Washing your hands with plain soap and water is effective for preventing the spread of germs. Unfortunately, it is something that some people do not take the time to perform properly. Avoid these handwashing mistakes.

 

When you do not have access to soap and water, using a hand sanitizer is the next best option. They are offered in pocket-sized bottles with tons of scents to choose from.

 

Try a probiotic

 

Good bacteria can affect the body’s ability to fight off infections. Probiotics may help to protect it against certain types of inflammatory conditions. Eating foods with active and live cultures may provide benefits when compared to regular food. For start, consider adding foods that include a dose of probiotics.                  

 

Supplements that claim to boost the immune system

 

The vast majority of nutrients the body needs can be obtained from the foods we eat. However, if you do decide to take vitamins due to not getting in enough nutrients, choose the recommended multivitamin according to your age and sex. Anything more than a daily multi should be taken under the advice of a physician. Individual supplements of a specific vitamin and mineral can be dangerous if taken in higher doses.

Valerie lives in New York. As a health advocate, she shares tips and steps on maximizing nutrition, weight, and fitness goals to help others embrace a healthier lifestyle. She blogs at Halfmile Fitness.

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